20170703 Part 1 of 3: Nature photography near Britt, Ontario

Photo:  Looking upstream from the patch of milkweeds at the bridge over the Naiscoot River on Hwy 529.

On July 3 I enjoyed a few hours with Sudbury Photographer and Author Ray Thoms checking out butterflies on Riverside Drive and, after lunch at St Amants, along Hwy 529.  We both made lots of pictures so I’ve decided to post three parts,  each with about 16 photos.  This is …

Part 1  Along Riverside Road

Although the lower beak looks yellow (due to the sun), I think that this is a  Song Sparrow serenading…

An older  Painted Lady, judging by her worn hind wings..

This well worn skipper might be a Northern Cloudywing

These Bombus spp like milkweed nectar also , and don’t seem to mind competition …

A male (see the “balls” on either side of the rear portion of the abdomen?) Monarch is nectaring on a Common Milkweed.

A Crab Spider  is doing something with that spun object (a cocoon?).   I spent some time with a Crab Spider in a similar situation and show it in a later Part of this 3 Part series.  The bumblebee isn’t interested.

A Monarch butterfly egg.  It usually hatches a day or two after being deposited.  There is some recent evidence that Monarchs display Trans-Generational Medication in Nature.   And here is an interesting story suggesting that Monarch cannibalism of eggs gave the evolutionary push for Monarch migration out of the Southern USA.

Painted lady sticking her tongue (proboscis) out.  My only photo of such a common event!

She is an old girl, enjoying her last days…

A skipper having a rest on a milkweed leaf…

Bumblebees like milkweed nectar …

A worn Skipper appears to put its proboscis over the TOP of one of its antenna (click to see up close)…

Thread waisted Wasp  seems to be nectaring …

Aha!   A female ? Nope!  You might have to click to see the “balls”  adjacent to the third (from the rear) dark abdominal band .

Unknown beetle on milkweed ….

Part 2  will continue with more photos along Riverside Rd and some along Hwy 529…

2 thoughts on “20170703 Part 1 of 3: Nature photography near Britt, Ontario

  1. Thank you so much Tom .. for these beautiful close-ups of our winged beauties .. beathtaking to watch them. xoxo

    • Hi Krys,
      We seem to have a large influx of butterflies this year. More Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Monarchs than usual. And apparently something similar is happening out in Alberta. The mild winter is given as an explanation out west. Maybe the same here?

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